Make a commitment to yourself this new year
Can you believe it’s 2018 already? 2017 was a year filled with pushing myself beyond my limits and really putting myself out there. We are coming up on the one year anniversary of this blog. I am very excited about what is coming in the second year of this blog. I have many great things planned. This year I am planning on committing more time to myself each week and I encourage you to do the same.
As we start a new year we usually make our resolutions. goals or choose a ‘power word’ to guide us through the year. While resolutions are easy to overlook a few weeks into the new year, choosing a word or making goals just seem easier to stick to. When you choose a word you basically set the tone for your goals for the year, or at least that’s how I try to do it. Last year my word was Leap, and I managed to set goals and make several leaps of faith. I haven’t found the perfect word for 2018 yet, but I’m working on it.
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Add this to your 2018 goals
When you set your yearly goals, do not forget to set goals for your personal wellbeing. Making a goal to take time for yourself is one of the best commitments you can make to yourself this year. As a mom, this is one of the hardest things to do. We always want to put our children and spouse first. We might want to do something for ourselves, but it gets pushed to the bottom of the list.
It’s easy to forget to take care of your needs. I’ve been there too. You get so wrapped up in everything that needs to be done in your home and with your family, that you tell yourself there aren’t enough hours in the day. You put yourself in a position to completely ignore what you need to make everything around you perfect.
I’ve been there and I get it. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the little stuff, BUT one thing that will change the way you manage your day is by making it a goal to spend no less than 5 minutes a day on your own needs. 5 minutes is so easy to squeeze in. You can absolutely find 5 minutes to do something that will fill your tank a little bit.
If you have your 5 minutes down, find some more gaps in your day to put another 5 minutes. If 5 minutes gets easy, up it to 10. Keep it going until you find the sweet spot where you can maintain a certain level of self-care.
Fill your bucket
Never stop filling your tank. Remember the cliche, you can’t pour out of an empty bucket.
I know there’s certain times of the year that are extremely busy and make it extremely difficult to do something for yourself every day. or even to devote a lot of time to self care. While I make it a priority, I also give myself the grace to skip a day if I need to.
Days like Christmas Eve & Christmas Day were filled with parties and driving all over the state. There was no time for me to get away for 5 seconds, let alone 5 minutes. So how did I fill my bucket? I allowed myself to enjoy an indulgent treat, or we cranked up the radio and sang along as we drove to the next place. There are ways that I have found to fill myself, and get me ready for the day.
Do these little indulgences work to keep the complete mommy burn out from happening? No. It’s just the nature of the holidays, but it helps to fill my heart just a little more than to ignore myself for 2 very busy days.
Make a plan
As you start this year, really look at your schedule and see where you can slip in 5-10 minutes a day. While dinner is in the oven can you sneak away? Could you put on a face mask while bathing your kids? What if you take a long way home and blast some Spice Girls (or your favorite song from your teenage years)?
If you are looking for something to jump start your Self Care routine you can grab my book The Self Care Journey on Amazon. This book is written as a journal to guide you through 30 days of self care. Getting you in the habit of taking at least 5 minutes for yourself each and every day. Each day there are questions to help you reflect on what you’re doing and how it is helping you fill your heart.
A goal is a dream set in motion
I think we all dream of being able to have those luxurious moments of self care each day and going through the day without a worry. As moms, it’s not going to happen anytime soon, so we make due. Just making a goal of spending time on yourself is starting in the right direction.
Now that you have a goal, what do you need to do to set that dream in motion? Grab a piece of paper or make a note in your phone. Write down 5 things you need to get in order to have a successful 5 minutes. A sheet mask? Find your headphones? Make a playlist? Buy a fun new nail polish? What activities focused on you will help to fill your bucket? Set yourself up for success by making a list of things to keep on hand.
When you are doing your 5 minutes feel free to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @mommytakes5 or use the hashtags #mommytakes5 and #selfcarejourney. I would love to see your pictures!
We’ve got this mama’s! 2018 is a year of self care and fulfilling our needs so we can take better care of our families. I’m here for you!